Looking for family-friendly things to do over summer break? Check out this list for some of the top things to do with kids in San Jose and Silicon Valley:
1. Go hiking or biking.
Here in the Bay Area, we are blessed to be surrounded by thousands of acres of parks and open space, hundreds of miles of trails, and near-perfect weather year-round. Get outside and enjoy it--check out this list of hiking trails and parks in Silicon Valley.
2. Visit one of Silicon Valley’s many world-class science and technology museums.
For hands-on science and technology exhibits for kids of all ages, check out the Children’s Discovery Museum, The Tech Museum of Innovation, The Computer History Museum, NASA Ames Visitor Center, and the Intel Museum
3. Catch some animal love at our local zoos and natural history museums.
Your young animal lovers and budding naturalists will love Curioddyssey at Coyote Point, Happy Hollow Park + Zoo, and the Palo Alto Junior Museum + Zoo.
4. Get up close to some goats and learn how cheese is made.
Schedule one of the group tours at Harley Farms, a working goat dairy to meet the farm’s herd of goats and llamas, and learn how they craft top-quality artisan cheeses. If you go in the spring, you’ll get to meet the baby goats.
5. Meet a famous (um…) donkey!
Visit Bol Park, in Palo Alto to visit their two donkeys, Perry and Niner (named after the San Francisco 49ers.
Perry modeled for the animator who sketched the donkey in the movie, “Shrek”.
6. Visit historic Ardenwood Farm.
This historic farm was built in the 1850s and it’s been preserved by the City of Fremont as a historic park. Tour the complex where Victorian-dressed interpreters will give you a look at like in the early 1900’s.
From December to mid-February thousands of Monarch butterflies overwinter here.
7. See what San Jose looked like 100 years ago.
Tour San Jose's History Park to see a neighborhood of 32 original and reproduction homes, businesses, and landmarks. The park even has paved streets, running trolleys and a café.
8. Get spooked at the Winchester Mystery House.
Visit the quirky, sprawling home where wealthy Winchester Rifle heiress Sarah Winchester, famously went on a non-stop building spree to appease the evil spirits she believed were haunting her.
9. Learn about ancient Egypt at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum.
History lovers will enjoy The Rosicrucian Museum, which has the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts in Western North America.
10. Take a ride on the Roaring Camp Railroad.
Ride into the past on this 19th Century historic steam train in Felton, CA.
11. Catch a show at the Palo Alto Children's Theater
This unique theater is by kids, and for kids. Catch one of their shows to cheer on the all-kid cast and crew.
12. Take me out to the ballgame.
Catch the San Jose Giants, one of San Francisco's Minor league teams who play at historic Memorial Park in San Jose. Be sure to meet, "Gigante," the Giants' cuddly ape mascot.
13. Bounce off the walls.
Visit Sky High Sports, to play on dozens of trampolines, a trampoline dodgeball room, and foam pit. For little ones, they offer a toddler-only jump from 12-2pm.
14. Roller coasters and water slides.
Visit California's Great America theme park for a heart-pumping ride on more than a dozen roller coasters and thrill rides. For water slides, check out Great America's Boomerang Bay and Raging Waters Park, in San Jose. Younger kids and toddlers will enjoy a trip to Gilroy Gardens.
15. Shopping and culture at the San Jose Flea Market
Spend the day exploring the busy and diverse San Jose Flea Market. Enjoy food, treats, and music from around the world.